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India vs South Africa: Philander & Co Expose Indian Batting’s Weakness; Hosts Cruise to 72-run Win

In Cape Town Test, South Africa defeated Team India by 72 runs to lead 1-0 in the three-match Test series. This team is India’s first defeat in the Test matches after 2015. For the last time, Team India had to face defeat in Sri Lanka’s Galle Test on overseas soil.

Batting first, winning the toss in this match, the South African team was all out for 286 runs in their first innings. After that, the African bowlers piled up only Team India for just 209 runs in the first innings.


In this way, South Africa gained 77 runs on the basis of first innings. In the second innings, the entire team of South Africa were reduced to 130 runs in front of the deadly bowling of Indian fast bowlers. After that Team India got the target of 208 runs to win.

Going after chasing the target, Team India could score only 135 runs in front of Fender’s deadly bowling, and Africa won the match by 72 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin top scored with 37 runs in the second innings, while captain Virat Kohli scored 28 runs. Vernon Philander took six wickets for which Africa won the victory.

Second innings of limited-overs on 130 runs
With the addition of 77 runs in the second innings, the whole team of South Africa were all out for 130 runs. In this way, India got the target of 208 runs to win this match. The third day’s game was interrupted due to rain. South Africa were 65 for no loss in their second innings and scored eight runs in their eight wickets. The team’s team looked weak ahead of the Indian bowlers and the pavilion returned after facing 41.2 overs.

The hosts felt the first blow amla (4) on the fourth day. Mohammed Shami caught by Rohit Sharma After the dismissal, Rabda (5) also did not allow Shami to stay on the field for much longer. Shami’s ball was caught by Captain Virat Kohli. AB de Villiers (35), who scored the highest score for South Africa in this innings, was making every effort to handle the standing innings at one end of the wicket, but he did not get the support of the rest of the players.

After the dismissal of Rabada, Jaspreet Bumrah, who was given the captain dauntingly in Test cricket through Captain Faf du Plessis (0), who came with the help of De Villiers, did not even open the account and was caught out of the wicket by Riddhiman Saha. Daredevils dropped the fifth wicket of the hosts team.

After du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (8) also caught the ball of Bumrahah in Saha’s hands. When Duck was out, the team’s score was 92. Three runs were added to the team’s account that Shami dropped Vernon Philander off LBW and dropped the seventh wicket of the team. Philander also returned to the pavilion without opening the account.

With De Villiers, Keshav Maharaj shared a 27-run partnership and crossed the 100-mark, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not allow this partnership to last long. Keshav Maharaj (15) was trying to hit a straight shot on the ball of Bhubaneswar, when the ball fell on his bat and fell into Saha’s hands. Keshav also reached the pavilion on the total score of 122.

Bhuvneshwar also hit Morne Morkel (2) at the score of 130, and Saha was caught by the hands of Saha and dropped South Africa’s 9th wicket. De Villiers, who was in charge of the team’s innings at one end on the same score, was also out. Bumrahah’s leg shot on a ball shot to Bhubaneswar, right next to the boundary.

With the dismissals of De Villiers, the closing of the first session was announced. In this Test match Saha holds 10 catches in both innings of India for South Africa. Apart from this, it has happened for the first time that four fast bowlers of India have achieved at least one wicket in both innings of a team. In addition to Mohammed Shami (3/28) and Jaspreet Bumrah (3/39), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/33) and Hardik Pandya (2/27) played an important role in adjusting the hosts cheaply.

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